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Dixie Classic. Raleigh, N.C., is the hub of an area which natives believe to be the most formidable basketball locality in the world. Last week, to prove it, they sent out North Carolina State, North Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest, all located within a 15-mile radius, to challenge four outsiders in the seventh annual Dixie Classic. State (ranked No. 3 nationally) was unbeaten; so were North Carolina (No. 4) and Duke (No. 8). The first round gave North Carolinians immediate joy: the invaders from Villanova, Minnesota, Oregon State and Wyoming all lost. Then North Carolina came from 16 points behind to defeat Duke in one semifinal 74-64 and State beat Wake Forest 70-58 in the other. In the final, a match which the Southland has been looking forward to all year, North Carolina State beat North Carolina 82-60 and won its sixth Dixie Classic championship. Lennie Rosenbluth of North Carolina, who scored 35 points in the opener against Villanova, wound up with 73 in three games for the tournament's high-scoring prize. But Ron Shavlik, State's All-America candidate, scored 50 and rebounded magnificently to win the most-valuable-player award.
Sugar Bowl . Just to make a fourth—and because Notre Dame had won the tournament last year and really couldn't be ignored—the Sugar Bowl invited the supposedly weak Irish to round out a field including strong Utah, Alabama and Marquette. But the tournament's soft touch turned out to be otherwise and Notre Dame wound up champion again. The Irish startled six-point favorite Alabama in the first round with an 86-80 victory. Big Lloyd Aubrey scored 35 points for Notre Dame and his teammate John Smyth threw in 21. Meanwhile Utah was beating Marquette 89-84 and setting a tournament scoring record on the way. But the next night the Utes lost their All-America candidate, Art Bunte, on fouls after a few minutes of the second half and went down before Notre Dame 70-65 in the finals. Smyth scored 27 points this time and was named the most valuable player.
Motor City. There was no collapse of form at Detroit. Terrible Terry Tebbs, Brigham Young's 5-foot-8 guard, scored a record 36 points as the Cougars beat Toledo 89-70 in the opener, and added 31 more in the finals when Brigham Young beat Detroit 99-77.
Orange Bowl. West Virginia came up with a new formula (more team play and less dependence on the individual brilliance of high-scoring Hot Rod Hundley) and ran off with the tournament. The Southern Conference invaders beat Miami in the finals 83-78 after disposing of Florida State and Columbia along the way. Hundley was held to 47 points in the three games and had to take a back seat to both Chet Forte, Columbia's great little guard, and sharpshooting Dick Miani of Miami. Miani scored 25, 35 and 22 points for tournament scoring honors; Forte, who had game totals of 30, 34 and 14 to complement his slick floor work, was named most valuable player.
Southwest Conference. This year's tournament at Houston was notable for three things: Rice lost its undefeated record; the Southwest Conference proved it could indeed play more-than-adequate basketball by inviting in a good outsider and then belaboring the guest not once but twice; and Temple Tucker, the 6-foot-10 Rice sophomore, proved to be just as good as they said. The 76-73 SMU overtime victory over Rice for the championship wasn't too much of a surprise despite Rice's 10-0 record; the two teams have been rated about equal all season. Southern California, the lone outsider in the affair, beat Baylor 72-59 in first-round action but then lost to SMU 70-64 in the semifinals and to Texas 71-63 in a third-place game. Tucker scored a total of 102 points, including 43 (a record) against Texas A&M.
Big Seven. Iowa State and 5-foot-10 Gary Thompson raced through the massed opposition at Kansas City like a cyclone through a wheatfield, winding up with a 67-56 victory over Kansas in the championship game. Thompson, an outstanding playmaker and a great clutch shooter, scored 60 points and was named the tournament's most valuable player. Closest shave for the winners was a 55-52 victory over Colorado in the semifinals when Thompson had to get hot in a hurry to eke out a victory.
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